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The Cleveland International Film Festival features mostly independent films, like

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2016

Every spring, directors, actors and movie moguls descend on Downtown Cleveland. The 40th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) kicked off on March 30, starting 12 days of film exhibition. Showing are 192 feature length films and 213 short films, all from 72 countries. The films are shown...

Short and sweet

The festival presented short films from filmmakers around the world, including a CWRU student.

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2016

Over a period of three days in early March, a film festival in downtown Cleveland showcased the talent of directors, actors, producers and editors, all of whom work on short films. The Short. Sweet. Film Fest celebrated its fifth year, and included work from aspiring local and foreign filmmakers, live...

The 88th Academy Awards: A night where everyone dreamt in gold and touched on diversity

The 88th Academy Awards brought the first win for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

February 29, 2016

The 88th Annual Academy Awards was an event that will be a landmark in history, from the commentary on the diversity issues plaguing not just the awards, but all of Hollywood, to benchmark wins and nominations that have been a long time coming for certain actors, directors, producers and much more. H...

Film fest showcases international environmentalism

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2016

On Saturday, Feb. 6, a sold-out crowd of 500 community members packed into the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) to celebrate the natural environment and shed light on the challenges it faces. The 14th Wild & Scenic Film Festival is currently touring the United States and stopped in Cleveland...

Sci-Fi and Community: Annual film society marathon connects fans

Strosacker Auditorium was decorated with movie posters and playful rules for the Sci-Fi Marathon.

Alex Tomazic, Contributing Reporter

January 22, 2016

The movie industry has always had a fascination with science fiction, tracing its roots back to the late 1920s with “Metropolis” (1927) and “Frankenstein” (1931). But relatively recent films, like “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park” and “The Matrix” hooked many modern viewers and catapulted...

Nominees, winners and bedlam at the Golden Globes

“The Martian” took home a few awards, including the Best Picture Musical or Comedy award.

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

January 15, 2016

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards were bitingly comedic and lengthy. Celebrating the best in film and television of 2015, the Globes were hosted by veteran comedian Ricky Gervais after lending hosting duties to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler the previous two years. As usual with Gervais, all of Hollywood...

5 movies to watch this Christmas

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

December 23, 2015

Well then, ‘tis the season to be jolly once again, and this season is brimming with the seasonal movies to see, new and old, classic and otherwise. This Christmas, there are a few films that deserve to be seen, either as tradition or for necessity for this new season. Here are the five movies that...

Top 10 movies of 2015

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2015

1. “Room” This film may look and seem simple, but don’t let that fool you. This is outstanding filmmaking on all scales, not just small. Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue (who also adapted this film version) and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, “Room” follows the mesmerizing,...

Movie treats at Short. Sweet. Film Fest

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2015

Short. Sweet. Film Fest is perfect for those that either love film, love Cleveland or get bored easily. According to one of the Short. Sweet. Film Fest’s film judges Dave St. Clair, you’re “never committed to a two hour movie that sucks.” Sign me up. Mike Suglio, a Case Western Reserve University...

“Fifty Shades of Grey” not just porn

50 Shades of Grey

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2015

While I came into the theater thinking I was just going to see a glorified softcore porn film, every aspect of “Fifty Shades of Grey” was better than what I thought it was going to be. For a movie that was hyped up just for the sex, “Fifty Shades” was all-round a really good movie. Aspects...

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